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Remembering Hugh Hefner on his birthday by a Bunny who loved him

By “Candid” Candace (Collins) Jordan, first published in Chicago Star Media. April 9, 1926, Hugh Marston Hefner was born. Today, he would’ve been 95 years old. I still miss him and always will. Playboy has played the biggest role in my life, bringing me from St. Louis to Chicago, honoring me with a centerfold and... Read more »

Playboy cancels its Playmate of the Month feature! Say what?

Playboy cancels its Playmate of the Month feature! Say what?
In more strategic moves for the Playboy brand, the online magazine will no longer offer its popular Playmate of the Month feature which has run in the magazine since 1953. Instead, the Playmates will now be spotlighted for an entire season, thus changing the format from 12 Playmates a year to just four. (Makes me... Read more »

Fun, fashion and philanthropy: The Chicago Lighthouse presents FLAIR

Fun, fashion and philanthropy: The Chicago Lighthouse presents FLAIR
My Candid Candace Blog will now be shared here on Chicago Now as well as online. Since 2008, this award-winning blog has shined a light on Chicago and all the people who make it great. Hope you can subscribe here to enjoy news from around town that includes arts and culture, the dining scene, nonprofits,... Read more »
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Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)

Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)
When Playboy recently decided to change its Playmate of the Year policy, I was dead set against it. I’m basically a traditionalist and I loved all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the selection of the Playmate chosen for this high honor, the one woman selected to represent all others for that particular year. But, after... Read more »

Playboy Magazine falls victim to Covid-19: The end of an era for this iconic brand as it looks toward a digital future

Playboy Magazine falls victim to Covid-19: The end of an era for this iconic brand as it looks toward a digital future
I woke up to such sad news today. My beloved Playboy magazine may well have published its last print issue due to complications from Covid-19. When I shot my cover pictorial in the last Equality issue on October 22, everyone at the mag seemed so upbeat and positive about the future of Playboy and then,... Read more »

'Once a Playmate, Always a Playmate,' 40 years after my centerfold, I posed for another Playboy feature

The Equality Issue, a first for Playboy!
It was always Hugh Hefner’s (Hef’s) mantra, ‘Once a Playmate, always a Playmate,’ and I felt the full force of this after I was asked to fly to L.A. for another shoot for Playboy magazine a full 40 years after appearing as its December 1979 centerfold. The request, obviously, caught me completely off guard since... Read more »
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Playboy holiday party introduces The Equality Issue with Playmates and friends

With sister Playmates Victoria Valentino, Louann Fernald, Jean Tomasino Keough and Michelle Drake.
The Playboy Holiday Party was held at the Culver Hotel on December 11 and it was a little like old home week for me. I loved seeing some of the past Playmates there and it was great to get a first-look at the Winter 2020 issue, titled “The Equality Issue: Once a Playmate, Always a... Read more »

The Hugh Hefner Auction: A Playmate reviews a lifetime of Playboy memories

Hef holding the first issue of Playboy.
How do you sum up a man’s legacy in one auction? The answer is you don’t, especially if it’s Hugh Marston Hefner, a man who changed the world with his views on sexuality, freedom of speech and human rights. He was an artist, a writer, an activist, a rebel and a rule breaker. And yes,... Read more »

Inside Playboy's first New Year's Eve party post Hef

NYE host Cooper Hefner surrounded by Playboy Bunnies.
Hugh¬†Hefner’s parties were legendary and I’ve been lucky enough to have attended my fair share but, in my mind, all bets were off for this year’s annual New Year’s Eve party considering Hef’s recent passing. So, when I received a text from his son Cooper, the magazine’s chief creative officer, asking if my email address... Read more »
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50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day
In this time of such uncertainty, upheavals, terrorism, taxes and crime, I’m excited to write a happy column about gratitude. And even though giving thanks seems particularly topical on Thanksgiving, duh, I give thanks every single day for the following: 1) First and foremost, I’m grateful for Chuck, without him, nothing else really matters. 2)... Read more »